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Food ordering and delivery company expands to Bahamas

A mobile food ordering and delivery company that has grown in popularity on other Caribbean islands has been launched in The Bahamas, aiming to make grocery shopping and take-out dining more convenient for Bahamians.

Island Direct was launched on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2016 by New York businessman Tarek Bahou, and recently expanded to The Bahamas, Barbados, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The online platform – which is available on any Apple iOS or Android device and can be download free of charge – allows customers to view the menus and food items of participating businesses, make a selection and pay using a credit or debit card directly through the app, providing the convenience of one-click shopping.

Ayisha Kemp, who is the vice president of sales for the company, said so far more than twenty local restaurants have partnered with the company.

“We’re still adding and if they’re not yet onboard with us, please go ahead and recommend to them to come on board to make it more convenient for you. Once you download the app it’s pretty simple, it’s just like ordering off of Amazon. You simply select the restaurant and the items you would like to have and you go ahead and pay using your debit/credit card,” she said in an interview with Guardian Business.

“You can be at home or on the beach and order a conch salad and we will bring it there. Right now, we’re signed up with a few restaurants at the Fish Fry (at Arawak Cay), sushi restaurants and Chinese restaurants.”

The company has also partnered with grocery food store chain Super Value.

“This week we’re launching with Super Value, so it will be available for everyone to use by Monday. It would be the same process, you go in the app and make your selection. If you don’t see the items that you’d like to have, you select the list feature and write an entire grocery list, and we will have someone select the items for you, pick them up and bring them directly to your door,” Kemp said.

“Produce, meats, everything, we will make sure they are up to standard for us to deliver to you. We check every single item before we leave the store.”

Paige McCartney

Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas.
Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016.
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News

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